New iPhone or iPad, the minute you turn it on, you’ll see a screen that says “Hello” in many different languages. That’s your own, personal setup buddy, and it’s here to help you make sure everything is configured and working just exactly the way you want!
Understanding your options
There are several ways to get started with a new iPhone or iPad:
- Set up as “new”, which means starting everything — every setting — from scratch. This is for people who’ve never used a smartphone or online services before.
- Restore from a previous iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch backup. You can do that online with iCloud or over USB with iTunes. This is for people who’ve had a previous iOS device and are moving to a new one.
- Import from Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. Apple has an app in Google Play to make Android easier, but online services let you move a lot of data over from any old device. This is for people switching to iPhone or iPad.
How to begin setting up your new iPhone or iPad
Regardless of whether you’re setting up as new, restoring from backup, or switching from another device, everything starts off the same way.
- Touch slide to set up and, as it says, slide your finger across the screen to get started.
- Choose your language. If you bought your iPhone or iPad in your home country, it should pick the right one automatically.
- Choose your country or region. Likewise, this should default to the correct place if you live where you bought it.
- Choose a Wi-Fi network and enter its password, if necessary. If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or no networks are found, you can choose Use Cellular instead for an iPhone or iPad with data.
- Wait for your iPhone or iPad to activate. It can take a few moments. It can take a few seconds for your iPhone or iPad to activate, especially
- Choose whether or not you want to enable Location Services. You can always change your mind later, but keep in mind you’ll need to enable at least some location services to use apps like Maps.
- Set up your Passcode and Touch ID. You can skip this step by selecting Set Up Touch ID Later but security is important. If you need extra help, here’s how to set up Touch ID on your new iPhone or iPad